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Rosewood Teams Up With Nouvel and Starck for São Paulo Hotel

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  Site Where: Cidade Matarazzo, Sao Paulo, Brazil
July 24, 2015 at 9:05 AM | by | ()

Rosewood Hotels is serious when it comes to having 50 hotels by 2020: we heard about Montecito and Puebla, we know about Bangkok, Jakarta and Bali, then there is of course Paris, and possibly Amsterdam.

Today it is the addition of its first hotel for South America, where the group is picking Brazil as its entry point. Rosewood São Paulo will open in 2018 in Cidade Matarazzo, a landmark building from the early 20th century that was once a maternity hospital. Big names that will put their name on the project are architect Jean Nouvel and designer Philippe Starck, along with Brazilian artists Beatriz Milhazes and Saint-Clare Cemin.

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8 New Hotels for Paris

Where: Paris, France
July 7, 2015 at 9:00 AM | by | ()

Every month, we tell you which hotel openings you need to know about (and which, inevitably, miss their deadlines). While we have a healthy list of arrivals around the world, there are a few places that are either consistently popular or having a bit of a hotel moment, so “new hotels for…” gives you a rundown of the openings you will want to know about for a particular destination.

Paris, ma chérie… We do love you so. On a breezy May day when it’s warm but not hot, the sun shines from a bright blue sky, and the stunning architecture sparkles, you’re alluring as can be. But your hotel rates make our head spin, and not in a good way. A stay in a palace, something we should all be able to experience at least once, was never really affordable, but now a long weekend can cost as much as six months’ rent – in a very expensive city. Nonetheless, more extravagantly priced rooms are coming, along with a glimmer of hope for most of us. Here are eight hotels on their way to the City of Light.

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Everything is Coming Up Rosewood in Montecito

June 3, 2015 at 4:08 PM | by | ()

Luxury seekers in Santa Barbara, rejoice.

The old Miramar Hotel in Santa Barbara, Calif. will be replaced in 2018 as a brand-new Rosewood Resort. High profile developer Rick Caruso (he did The Grove in LA) and his company, Caruso Affiliated, announced the plans for his first hotel project yesterday.

The resort will have 122 guest rooms and 48 suites, which will be mostly villas and cottages, and most will have immediate beach access, a rare amenity for a Southern California resorts. The property will have an oceanside bar and restaurant with an outdoor terrace, a signature restaurant, two swimming pools, a Sense spa, a fitness center, a screening room and a ballroom. Which all sounds lovely, but we are a bit worried about the trains that pass through the property a dozen times a day, as pointed out by the LA Times.

We trust Caruso and Rosewood will install the best sound-proofing there is. Work will begin on the property next year. When it opens, Rosewood Montecito will be the third property in California for the luxury brand.

[Rendering: Rosewood Hotels & Resorts]

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10 New Hotels for Bali

Where: Bali, Indonesia
May 27, 2015 at 9:30 AM | by | ()

Every month, we tell you which hotel openings you need to know about (and which, inevitably, miss their deadlines). While we have a healthy list of arrivals around the world, there are a few places that are either consistently popular or having a bit of a hotel moment, so “new hotels for…” gives you a rundown of the openings you will want to know about for a particular destination.

Oh, Bali. Perennially popular you may have been indeed, but Julia Roberts cycling magically sweat-free through rice paddies must have really kicked it up a notch. Overcrowding be damned, the list of hotels we can think of that will come to your shores in the next five years (all to “unspoiled” and “pristine” corners, of course) easily runs up to the fingers on both our hands (and that’s with a bit of doubling up as you’ll find out). Here are ten hotels coming to the Island of the Gods:

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6 New Hotels for Bangkok

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  Site Where: Bangkok, Thailand
May 18, 2015 at 9:05 AM | by | ()

Every month, we tell you which hotel openings you need to know about (and which, inevitably, miss their deadlines). While we have a healthy list of arrivals around the world, there are a few places that are either consistently popular or having a bit of a hotel moment, so “new hotels for…” gives you a rundown of the openings you will want to know about for a particular destination.

And where better to start than Bangkok? Our archives are full of stories from the Thai capital, well worth visiting in its own right and for its fantastic choice of hotels – which are often great value. The next five years will see some big names throw their hat in the ring in the city’s very competitive hotel game. Here are six new hotels you should watch out for:

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Which Hotel Group Will Pick Up Amsterdam's Former Palace of Justice?

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  Site Where: Prinsengracht 432-436, Amsterdam, Netherlands
April 29, 2015 at 9:25 AM | by | ()

The hotel news and gossip out of Amsterdam just keeps coming in: perhaps sensing we were somewhat disappointed with Hotel Pulitzer picking Preferred’s LVX Collection after leaving the Starwood fold, a kind tipster dropped us a link to a possible hotel project further down the city’s Prinsengracht canal in the former Palace of Justice.

Dating back to 1664 and 1864, the 15,000 sq m (161,000 sq ft) building was put up for sale earlier this year by the Rijksvastgoedbedrijf (the Dutch government’s real estate agency of the Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations), complete with glossy interactive pdf that shows how the vast building could be put to different uses – including conversion into a luxury hotel, reportedly one of the last ones the city will allow within its historic core.

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Rosewood’s Next Luxury Hotel Will Be in an Unesco World Heritage Site

Where: Puebla, Mexico
April 24, 2015 at 2:30 PM | by | ()

The cathedral of Puebla, Mexico.

The very near future for Rosewood Hotels & Resorts is rosy indeed. The group already has 18 luxury properties in 11 countries, with another 11 under development, including this latest one—Rosewood Puebla Mexico, opening in 2016.

The downtown area of Puebla was designated a Unesco World Heritage Site in 1987, because of it’s plentitude of historical sites such as Cholula, which is the site of the world’s largest pyramid. Puebla is also famous for its plentitude of churches (over 365) and for creating one of Mexico’s national dishes, mole poblano.

Here’s what’s in store for the Rosewood Puebla, which will be located near Zocalo, the city’s main square.

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Hotel de Crillon and Ritz Paris Are Still in the Land of Dreams

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  Site Where: Place de la Concorde, Place Vendome, Paris, France
March 4, 2015 at 8:25 AM | by | ()

Nearly a year and a half ago we looked at this pair of Parisian palace hotels and said they were deep into their beauty sleeps: Hotel de Crillon had just about a year behind it, while Hotel Ritz was hammering away at renovating rooms and public spaces for fifteen months already. While there is progress to report, both hotels are still far off from waking up.

We’ll flip the order this time and make a stop on Place de la Concorde first, where today you will see a temporary façade larger than the Crillon itself hiding the construction quarters that have been erected (a better view of how that works below). Forget also that 2015 opening; it’ll be nearer the end of next year, if not 2017, before Rosewood will have its third European hotel.

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Slow Food Is Coming to Rosewood London's Courtyard

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  Site Where: 252 High Holborn, London, United Kingdom, WC1 7EN
February 10, 2015 at 8:31 AM | by | ()

The courtyard at Rosewood London sure is pretty; we’ve known that since the group opened its first European hotel in the 1914 Edwardian Belle Epoque Building on High Holborn back in October 2013. Since then, it’s become home to the terrace of Holborn Dining Room (around the corner on the left in the above photo), but as of March 1, there will be more food – slow food – appearing every Sunday.

Between 10.30am and 3pm, rain or shine, the “Slow Food & Living Market” will “recreate the traditional marketplace shopping experience in Holborn and celebrate good, clean and fair produce from local growers and artisans”.

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The Carlyle New York to Get a Makeover From Tony Chi and Associates

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  Site Where: 35 E. 76th Street [map], New York, NY, United States, 10021
January 26, 2015 at 3:14 PM | by | ()

The Carlyle, a Rosewood Hotel & Resort, is not just a hotel where Kate Middleton would stay while visiting New York, it is also a hotel where we would spend the end of our days.

It is an Upper East Side institution, a quintessentially New York experience which, provided you have the funds for a night's stay, will make you feel not like a guest passing through but rather, an actual resident and this place has been your home all along.

When we stayed there in 2008, we knew the rooms may not have been the most modern rooms on the block, but they were classic and clean and so very well-maintained. But that was seven years ago. Even though some rooms have received a soft goods upgrade since that time, The Carlyle is ready for a change.

Which is why we are thrilled to hear that NYC-based Tony Chi, the man behind the gorgeous Rosewood London is taking on The Carlyle's upcoming renovation project.

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Rosewood Picks Up Tuscan Retreat Castiglion del Bosco

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  Site Where: Località Castiglion del Bosco, Montalcino, Italy, 53024
January 19, 2015 at 8:25 AM | by | ()

We thought 2015 was just going to be the year that Rosewood Hotels would expand its European presence with the reopening of the Hotel de Crillon in Paris. It is still doing that – bar any delays we don’t know about yet – but while that’s enough of a hallmark moment, Rosewood will also start managing the Tuscan estate Castiglion del Bosco this spring.

Estate isn’t hyperbole by any means, consisting as it does of the ruins of a castle, a medieval church, and the Borgo, what was once a farming village, dating back 800 years. The Borgo now forms the heart of the hotel, but there are ten additional villas in restored farmhouses in the surrounding area. That looks something like the above, which is really about as Tuscan as it can get, don’t you think?

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Rosewood Has Your Christmas Tree Fantasy Covered At These Three Hotels

December 15, 2014 at 6:23 PM | by | ()

All week long, we'll be rocking around the Hotel Christmas Tree! Tag us @HotelChatter in your social media posts so we can spread the joy.

Three different Rosewood Hotels & Resorts have come up with three equally different and original Christmas trees.

At the Rosewood Sand Hill in Silicon Valley, you'll find a 6 ft tall by 3 ft wide edible Christmas tree made of 600 pounds of chocolate and meticulously crafted by Pastry Chef Mellisa Root and her team. The crew only used parchment and spatulas as tools. The tree is also decked with edible ornaments made of chocolate, colored with cocoa butter, and decorated with edible glitter. #edibleglitterFTW. You can get a chance to bite into the tree at the hotel's Madera restaurant which is serving a "Christmas Ornament" desert. The ornament is meant to be cracked open by diners with their spoon to get at the chocolate pudding, coeur de guanhja ice cream, whipped peppermint and shiso gin puree. Perfect for crafting foodies.

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